Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?
Mark DeMoss and Mitt Romney at Liberty University, where Romney delivered the commencement address in May.
September 1st, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The task of selling a Mormon presidential candidate to evangelical America has fallen to a public relations man who’s not even getting paid for what may be the toughest sales job of his career.

For six years, Mark DeMoss has served as Mitt Romney’s unofficial evangelical ambassador, making the case that born-again Christians should help elect the first Mormon to the White House.

It has often been a lonely job.

During this year’s primaries, DeMoss found himself addressing audiences of evangelical leaders in which nearly everyone was rooting for another candidate: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry – anybody but Romney.

“It would have been tough for anyone other than Mark,” says Richard Land, the public policy chief for the Southern Baptist Convention, remembering how DeMoss performed in one hostile setting last January. “The audience was stacked for Santorum and Gingrich.

“But he has a lot of street cred with evangelicals,” Land says of DeMoss. “He understands us because he’s one of us. So he did great.”

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Now that Romney has outlasted the other candidates to become the Republican nominee for president, DeMoss is using that street cred to help the candidate close the deal with evangelical voters in the weeks before Election Day.

It’s unclear whether he will succeed.

Polls show that although most evangelicals have come around to Romney, there’s a sizable chunk who have not. With those voters making up a huge part of the GOP base in swing states like Ohio, Iowa and Virginia, whether DeMoss’ gambit works could mean the difference between an Obama or a Romney White House.

For DeMoss, who is officially a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, the stakes of his work go well beyond electoral politics. He’s trying to open the American evangelical mind.

“I took this on to tackle prejudicial attitudes,” DeMoss says, explaining how he approached Romney about running for president in 2006, convinced that the then-Massachusetts governor was the most qualified man for the presidency that he’d ever seen.

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“I discussed it with Romney the first time we met,” he continues, sitting in his room at the elegant Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, his home during the convention. “It bothered me that some evangelicals said they couldn’t support a Mormon for president. As a public relations guy, I wanted to change that mindset.”

Which is why DeMoss was in front of the North Carolina delegation at the convention Monday morning, arguing that it’s unfair for some Republicans to insist on a presidential nominee with whom they agree about everything.

“My advice to those folks is perhaps you should run yourself the next time,” DeMoss told the evangelical-heavy delegation in a Hilton Hotel ballroom, still abuzz about a powerhouse speech that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had delivered a few minutes earlier.

“My wife and I have been married for 24 years,” DeMoss said, “and I don’t agree with her on everything.”

Looking professorial in tortoiseshell glasses, a blue blazer and a white polo shirt tucked into khakis, DeMoss never mentioned religion or Romney’s Mormonism.

But you could tell it was a big part of what he was talking about.

It’s why he told the delegation that he has prayed with Mitt Romney and shared scripture with him and has even sought parenting advice from Romney and his wife, Ann.

After years of traveling and visiting with the Romney, DeMoss told the crowd, “I trust his values - for I’m fully convinced they mirror my own.”

It might not sound like much, but an evangelical Christian vouching for a Mormon’s values in front of ballroom full of fellow believers can be a powerful thing.

At least that’s the hope.

Lessons from the Moral Majority

DeMoss developed an appreciation for Mormons from a somewhat unlikely source: the evangelical giant Jerry Falwell.

He enrolled at Liberty University, Falwell’s school, in 1980, the year after his father died of a heart attack. Falwell, a fundamentalist preacher, would become like a second father.

DeMoss’s dad had been friends with Falwell – DeMoss says it’s unclear if the insurance marketing company his father founded, National Liberty Corp., helped give Liberty University its name – and Mark found work in Falwell’s office after graduation.

By the time he was 23, DeMoss was serving as Falwell’s chief of staff and spokesman, helping his boss run a growing evangelical empire that included the Lynchburg, Virginia, university and a new organization Falwell had helped found: the Moral Majority.

The organization aimed to bring evangelicals back into the political fold, after millions of them had spent decades sitting out elections, convinced that politics were a dirty, ungodly business.

“We traveled the country, challenging pastors to get involved. He outworked staff  that were half his age” DeMoss says of Falwell, who died at 73 in 2007.

Mark DeMoss with Jerry Falwell at 1992 Republican Convention in San Diego, California.

Falwell taught him how political organizing works, from the grassroots to the very top. He took him to meetings with President Ronald Reagan, whom the Moral Majority had helped elect, and President George H.W. Bush.

Among the most important lessons Falwell taught, DeMoss says, is that politics is the art of the possible.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who was more politically conservative than Falwell, but he became increasingly pragmatic,” DeMoss says, eating blueberries from a plastic cup in his hotel room. “He was more practical and open-minded than a lot of people saw.”

As he waged crusades against abortion and for prayer in schools, Falwell proudly linked arms with non-evangelicals. While others in the burgeoning Christian Right wanted to organize only among their own flocks, the Moral Majority chief pushed an idea called co-belligerency: people of different religious backgrounds setting aside theological differences to pursue common political goals.

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“A lot of people forget this or didn’t know it to begin with, but the Moral Majority was a coalition of evangelicals, Catholics, Jews and Mormons,” DeMoss says. “It was not an evangelical organization.”

Mormons consider themselves to be Christians, but some evangelicals and other traditional Christians disagree. While Mormons treat the Bible as Scripture, they also consider the Book of Mormon to be a holy book

There are other big differences between Mormonism and traditional Christianity, including the Mormon belief that the modern prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can receive revelations from God. Traditional Christians believe that the period for such revelations is over.

But Falwell’s insistence on coalition building with Mormons and others stuck with DeMoss long after he left the Lynchburg in 1991 to start his own Christian PR firm in Atlanta.

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The firm, called the DeMoss Group, took Falwell as its first client and quickly added business from big Christian groups like Chuck Colson’s Prison Ministries, Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse and Christian Crusade for Christ.

More than 20 years later, those groups are still with DeMoss.

“What makes Mark different than a lot other guys in this business is that he’s independently wealthy,” says Graham, who notes that DeMoss’ wife, April, is also from a family that started an insurance company.

“I find him to shoot straight because he’s not trying to keep my business,” Graham says. “I think he’s more concerned with trying to be honest. He will bill you and then at the same time he’ll make a big contribution back to you.”

Mark DeMoss with the Rev. Franklin Graham, a client since 1991.

Though DeMoss has kept his work for Romney, which is unpaid, separate from the DeMoss Group, the relationships he built over decades through his PR work are key to selling Romney to evangelical leaders.

Graham had never met Romney before DeMoss arranged for 15 conservative Christian leaders to visit Romney’s Massachusetts home in 2007, when he was preparing to make his first run for president.

As the leaders took turns introducing themselves, many volunteered that they had traveled to Romney’s home mostly because DeMoss had asked them.

By the end of the meeting, Romney had made some new friends.

“Sometimes on TV someone can appear one way but when you meet them face to face you see the personal side of him,” says Graham, recalling the meeting. “After I met Governor Romney I liked him very much and even more l liked his wife and his marriage and his commitment to family.”

As for theological issues that interested some of the evangelicals, Graham says Romney “answered those questions extremely well.”

Since then, DeMoss has helped evangelical leaders not only become more comfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House but also with Romney’s evolving position on issues like gay marriage and abortion.

“He’s absolutely trusted as a pro-life person,” Land says of DeMoss. “When he says Governor Romney is pro-life, that means something. That helps.”

Land is among the many evangelical leaders who use DeMoss to relay concerns or advice to the governor.

“Mark’s a trusted negotiator,” says Land, who had dinner with Romney and DeMoss last year.

Though Romney’s 2008 campaign was unsuccessful, DeMoss counted it as a victory that no major evangelical figure came out against him over his faith, even if few publicly endorsed his campaign.

Four years later, there still aren’t many prominent evangelicals who’ve come out publicly for Romney.

And there are questions about where Romney stands with rank-and-file evangelicals. A recent Pew poll found that, while most white evangelicals support Romney, a quarter are uncomfortable with his religion. Just one in five in that group are strongly pro-Romney.

Ten weeks before Election Day, it’s not where a Republican nominee wants a key part of his base to be.

Visiting Salt Lake

DeMoss’ case for why evangelicals can enthusiastically support a Mormon candidate echo Falwell’s arguments about why evangelicals and Mormons should be political allies.

It goes like this: If evangelicals are OK with seeing a Mormon doctor or flying with a Mormon pilot, DeMoss reasons, shouldn’t they be OK with a Mormon president? We’re electing a commander-in-chief, not a pastor-in-chief, right?

Plus, fixing the national economy – the No.1 issue in this election – doesn’t really have anything to do with religion.

In fact, DeMoss was drawn to Romney because of the candidate’s unusual breadth of experience as a businessman, governor and Olympics Committee chief with dual degrees from Harvard.

“On a personal level and a spiritual level, I might care a great deal about what somebody believes doctrinally,” he tells NPR during a phone interview from his room at the Vinroy. “In the case of presidential election, I don’t care.”

After hanging up, DeMoss stays on that point: “I hope I’ve shifted a conversation about the religion of a candidate to one about the values of a candidate.”

DeMoss says that voting on the basis of a candidate’s faith is dangerous and inane. He notes that three of the most successful politicians from his own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, are all Democrats whom many evangelical loathe: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Since January, DeMoss has spent about half his time making such arguments, stressing to clients that the work is not official firm business. Still, he suspects that some potential clients have skipped signing up with the DeMoss Group because its founder and president is pushing a Mormon candidate.

April, his wife, who’s checking her iPhone on the bed of DeMoss’ hotel room, says they’ve lost a few friends over Romney, too. But they’ve also made new Mormons friends, and have developed a deep appreciation for the Mormon faith.

On the van to the hotel to address the North Carolina delegation, Mark and April trade stories with their Mormon driver, a convention staffer, about their respective visits to Salt Lake City, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is headquartered.

Later, DeMoss talks about being turned off by the evangelical street preachers he’d seen on the street corners there, preaching to Mormons in town for the church’s annual general assembly. How could such evangelizers hope to convert anybody in the 30 or so seconds it takes to wait for the light to change?

For DeMoss, the episode represents a civility deficit when it comes to the evangelical treatment of Mormons. He sees his work with Romney partly as a corrective.

Whether DeMoss can help soften the evangelical line toward Mormons is an open question. So is whether he can get enough of his brethren to go a giant step further and vote for a Mormon for president.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Christianity • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (1,426 Responses)
  1. Zaphod2010

    Oops, I forgot to mention that Hunstman daughter who was excommunicated because she married outside their cult faith said in an interview that "mormons believe it's their time".
    Their time for what? Take over the world. Are there enough planets for everyone?

    September 2, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Hdoody10

      At least get ALL of your facts right. Huntsman has a daughter? Check. She married a non-Mormon? Check. the Mormon Church excommunicated her for marrying a non-Mormon? Nope. MULTIPLE accounts and sources have talked about this. She voluntarily left the church because she didn't like it that a Mormon Bishop told her she should be marrying a Mormon. Not the same thing.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • SayWhat?

      Another idiot wrapped in a moron.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Jacob Smith

      Both myself and Romney are Mormon.

      I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that us mormons are NOT christians.

      But our best shot at getting into the white house is to get the christian vote and pretend were riding on their ticket.

      September 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • hillplus

      Epic fail, dude. At least get your facts straight.

      October 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  2. remnant

    AND Romney and his ilk, Blaspheme my LORD JESUS, every-time THEY open THEIR mouths ...
    Heresy and apostasy are what JESUS said would happen in the last days ..


    September 2, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Ryan

      Did your Lord Jesus tell you that it's ok to kill the unborn?

      September 2, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  3. Zaphod2010

    All this tells me is that the flip flopper can't use his "religion" or people will be running out the door as if somebody yell fire.
    For all those "christians" out there. He might be lieve in Jesus (if their 6'2" leader in planet Kilob tells them to do so) but they don't believe that Mary was a virgin. What?
    They wear magic underwear to keep fire away. They have warehouses of food only to be shared with their flock. Those second class citizens, the Blacks, were not allowed into their church until 1978 and only after this leader "spoke to god".
    Instead of serving their country (starting with the bully father and those five prank loving boys) they serve two years for the church. They don't believe that women should have any role in the church and that wife of his couldn't have her parents at their wedding because they were not mormons so they were not allowed inside the temple.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • jim

      Yeah, because Christianity makes so much sense, lol.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • Sam's Uncle

      Do you even know a Mormon, or do you just get all your facts off the internet? I think you may believe in some of the stuff your talking about. Why? You talk about more than the real Mormons do.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • Wyoming

      This is about 3% accurate.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • AnLDSMom

      Your information about what we believe is obviously not coming from a credible source.

      You are correct in that nonmormons, other than in open houses prior to dedication, are not allowed in the temple to witness weddings. That's the only correct thing you said. Women do play a very important role in our church. We aren't ordained to the priesthood, but we serve in as many callings as the men do, at the local level as well as the general level. I personally, as a woman, serve in a leadership role at the level covering 13 congregations in our area and am a full active member of the council. My father served a mission, and our country as a veteran of the Vietnam, and for many years after in the Army and National Guard. My brother is also is in the military, did a tour in Afghanistan and also served a mission to Russia. His and my father's language skills have both proved to be of great value in their roles for the military. Blacks were allowed to be in the church prior to 1978, they just were not allowed to be ordained to the priesthood. In fact, I remember as a child the day when the announcement that they could receive the priesthood was made in church. Our congregation, which had black members, was overjoyed. The warehouses of food are indeed shared with nonmembers in local communities, as well as those in need in disaster areas and around the world. My underwear is sacred, not magic, and personal. We absolutely believe that Mary was a virgin. Her being so was fulfillment of prophecy. And I have no idea what you mean by a 6'2" leader in a planet Kilib means. Unfortunately, there are many out there who are racially bigoted against my religion and distort and lie about what believe. If anyone is curious to know what I and other mormons believe, instead of what others say we believe, they can find out more at Mormon.org. And may God bless you in your quest for truth.

      September 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  4. Ima Mused

    "An evangelical Christian vouching for a Mormon’s values in front of ballroom full of fellow believers can be" a sellout. I love how these evangelical Christians are willing to get in bed with "the devil" in order to further their causes.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  5. Robot Monster

    Mormons are taught not to talk about the controversial aspects of their faith. But just watch the South Park cartoon version of the history of Mormonism – that should convince people that the Mormons have added some "extra features" to standard Protestant theology like the Angel Moroni and that Native Americans have some weird biblical origin and that Eden was located in Missouri.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • Hdoody10

      Well thank God we have South Park as the exposer and originator of all truth. (tongue thoroughly in cheek...)

      September 2, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • david esmay

      I took a sociology class in college that covered mormons, hutterites, shakers, and the father divine movement. South Park nailed it. Everyone should read "Under the Banner of Heaven" by John Krakauer, it gives a detailed view of modern mormonism.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  6. remnant

    So then if Lucifer incarnated and was a republican; this guy would work with him? Yeah I know how much he loves Jesus...OR LISTENS TO HIS WARNINGS ...

    September 2, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • JimmyAlex777

      Gospel is good sometimes but sometimes it isn't.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • JimmyAlex777

      Romney would look real good with that other dude as a couple of lovers.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  7. gary

    Faith in myth is delusion. God is pretend. Religions are ancient myths. Religions make nuts. Atheism is myth understood.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • david esmay

      Exactly, unfortunately sheeple love it, even though it is a maladaptive trait.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • hopefulrog

      there no such thing as an ancient religion. Religion is what less then 2000 years old. i mean thats a long time ago, but hardly ancient. the root of religion started after Christ died.

      September 2, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  8. kdawg

    My question is this;
    how can anyone with no formal training be considered a "Bishop" in an organized religion?

    September 2, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • gary

      they make it up as they go .. it's all BS

      September 2, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • Lew

      Because in the Mormon church its a calling from God, no paid clergy, yet with more searching, found out those at the top do get paid

      September 2, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • old golfer

      Where I live, in the belt buckle of the Bible belt, the general Baptist Church has many preachers with no formal training. What is your problem with that? Your problem should be with religion. God gave man reason. Man gave man religion.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • david esmay

      @old golfer, god gave man nothing, man created the concept of god.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • old golfer

      Hey David. You could well be correct. Being a Deist, the post is as I feel. But, there is no way to prove, nor disprove a God.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  9. Lew

    Romney believes this
    1. That a 14 yr boy with no witnesses saw God and Christ in person , yet could not remember the date or month of his first vision.
    2. That Joseph Smith saw a angel called Moroni in person , again no witnesses
    3. he believes that Joseph saw Moroni every year , same time , same place , then saw golden plates
    yet again , no withnesses during this time.


    September 2, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • gary

      religion makes nuts

      September 2, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • AnLDSMom

      And yet Eli believed the boy Samuel without witnesses. There were three witnesses that saw an angel and the gold plates and have their written testimonies in the opening pages of The Book of Mormon, which was translated from those plates. We also believe that anyone can receive a witness of what Joseph Smith saw, through testimony from the Holy Ghost, which is a gift from God that all may know truth. We just need to sincerely pray to God and ask Him for that witness. I know from experience that He will answer our prayers.

      September 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
  10. Reality

    Only for new members of this blog:

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And the irony:

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:28 am |
  11. dnick47

    An Evangelical that tries to sell Mormonism is an aspotate and not a Christian. He is spitting into the face of Christ selling out God's son for 30 pieces of silve – a Judas. Romney and his church have a secret plan to sell out America or something evil. Romney is evil personified. A servnt of hell.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Lew

      AMEN, Romney is not a Christian, coming from a ex Mormon of 36 yrs

      September 2, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • gary

      demons and deities are all pretend ... just myths

      September 2, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • Reggie from LA

      Joel Osteen did that for Robme too. They are so weird, the way ministerial "leaders" bend scripture and belief and tell people how to vote...and they do. I guess they ain't called sheep for nothin'.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  12. babooph

    With Mormon "many Gods.acting by committee" Lucifer as Jesus brother,wives not allowed into heaven without husbands ok-I delight in watching evangelical sell out their "faith" for their politics-this is so rewarding !!!!!!

    September 2, 2012 at 7:19 am |
  13. Lew

    I left the Mormon church after 36 yrs, THINK OF HEARING THIS EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY MANY TIMES " THIS IS THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH" Makes you feel better and act better. In the song book there is a song, called PRAISE TO THE MAN, iTS ABOUT Joseph Smith, here is one part of that song, " MINGLING WITH GODS HE CAN PLAN FOR HIS BRETHREN.Now hearing and seeing these words its very sad, the mond control that starts early in childrens lives, that God I wasnt raised by my parents in the Mormon church

    September 2, 2012 at 7:16 am |
  14. Lew

    I left the Mormon church after 36 yrs, and like so many of us that have left and found inner peace and joy and total freedom to think and feel again it is wonderful and we pray for our brotheres and sisters trapped in that sad church, that controls its people we guilt anid shame, with ONE LINERS SUCH AS " THE CHURCH IS PERFECT , BUT THE PEOPLE ARE NOT, OR THE CHURCH IS THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH ON THE EARTH.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:11 am |
  15. Howie76

    They need to start asking them about how they get their own planet (which makes them equal to God) and why they spend so much money on archaeological excavations to find the magic sunglasses.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • lean6

      Yeah...tell me about it. Those Evangelicals are too blind, selfish, and ignorant to even look for themselves. This is a chicken sandwich war against a common enemy.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:10 am |
  16. Oldeye

    Well said, Harvey,
    People who hide behind their religion or use their religion to make them look better than Thou, tend to have
    life long mental issues. Religion is a private thing and should not be a part of candidates credentials.
    There ought to be clear understanding on this. Right now, what matters is what candidates stand for and
    where they are going to take us. I have yet to form a clear conclusion on them. Neither sound too sincere or
    trust worthy to be considered. I somehow get the message that these men are too smart for the average
    American. We are being taken to the laundry and wrung dry by them.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:01 am |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 2, 2012 at 6:53 am |
    • gary

      Atheism is myth understood. Demons and deities are all pretend ... must folklore and myth. Peace.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • Donna


      September 2, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • Fettucini


      September 2, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  18. 0rangeW3dge

    Pitiful that our country has come down to whose marketing department is better than the "other" one.
    Slogans and bumper stickers, gossip and false advertising, coupled with a few billion dollars, and you get to be the President for four years....that's not my America,,,but it is our America, for the time being...

    September 2, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • harinder

      when everything is ON SALE why not the Presidency – when the SUPREME COURT ruled that corporation are people – that was the end of DEMOCRACY.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  19. lean6

    You know...this article got me Googling some things about Mormonism that I'd heard over the past few months. It's no wonder this guy won't tell the blind faithful bigot Evangelicals what he believes. Just as long as it's not gay rights, they all get along. What a bunch airheads! Lol.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:41 am |
  20. Harvey

    A candidate's faith is irrelevant; what matters is the direction you believe he will take the country. Of all the issues out there, religion is not even on the list. A man's religion, or lack thereof, is between him and his maker. It is a private matter that has no place in the giovernment

    September 2, 2012 at 6:41 am |
    • Howie76

      The Mormon Church has had a goal for the past 100 year to have a Mormon President. Why would that be a goal of a religious organization??

      September 2, 2012 at 7:06 am |
    • Lew

      Harvey its not about being private it is about being secretive

      September 2, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • MaryAngeline

      You are correct. One's rellgion is a private matter. However, when someone in power takes religion to an extreme, it can be very dangerous. Wars are fought over whose religion is the true one. The Mormon Church seems to be populated by overly devout folks who have some truly strange beliefs. Christian Conservatives don't have the wierd beliefs but definitely feel their beliefs are the "right" ones, and they want all to live by their rules. I don't want a President forcing his beliefs on me whether they are Christian or Mormon...or Hindu for that matter. Where does the White Horse Prophecy come in re Mitt? Is the Savior who is destined to "save" the country? I actually voted for this guy when he ran for Gov here in MA, but won't even consider doing so now.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:21 am |
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